Poketo Pop-Up shop opens this Sat @ Royal/T

Sat, June 27th 11AM-4PM
“Poketo Pop-Up Show”
(On view through July 18th)
There will also be an additional event to follow on July 10th – a Poketo Karaoke Dance Party. Mark your calendars now for that craziness. Poketo’s residency at Royal/T will include new product launches from artists APAK, James Gulliver Hancock, Devil Robots, Wonderful Design Works!, and Motomaho. Poketo will also be curating a special menu inspired by Japanese street foods for the Royal/T cafe.

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Josh Keyes “Frenzy” – 18×24″ (featured in ‘Overdose‘)

Thurs, April 2nd 7-10PM
Gallery 1988 Los Angeles
7020 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.937.7088
“Idiot Box” 5 Year Anniversary group show hosted by “Mr. Belding” from “Saved By The Bell” and featuring TV guilty pleasure inspired works from over 100 artists
(On view through April 23rd)

Thurs, April 2nd 7-10PM
Harvey’s Gallery
7955 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.798.9000
New works from Sujean Rim – Sujean is known by millions for her art on Daily Candy, Tiffany and Co., Marie Claire, Barney’s New York – this is her first major show in Los Angeles

Thurs, April 2nd 6-8PM
Kidrobot LA
7972 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles
Signing with Frank Kozik for his ‘1984’ Labbit – limited to 1,000 pieces

Fri, April 3rd 7-11PM
C.A.V.E. Gallery
507 Rose Ave in Venice / 310.428.6387
“Pieces Of The Puzzle” collage & mixed media group show featuring works from Craig “Skibs” Barker, J. Shea, L. Croskey, Michele Waterman, Netherland, Lisa Moneypenny, Rebecca Hahn, Patrick Haemmerlein, Walt Hall and many more + DJ action & live painting from The Nice Penguins
(On view through April 25th)

Fri, April 3rd 8-11PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.666.7667
“Nice School” from Martha Rich + “Spiritual Mechanix” from Robert Pasternak
(On view through April 26th)

Sat, April 4th 5-7PM
Brand Library Gallery & Art Center
1601 W. Mountain Street in Glendale / 818.548.2051
“Man’s Inhumanity To Man: Journey Out Of Darkness” – an exhibition examining the Armenian Genocide of 1915, the Jewish Holocaust, U.S. involvement in Central America, the Berlin Wall, Labor in Burma, the atrocities in Darfur, and the scourge of homelessness in the developed West – presented by 40 different artists presenting over 70 works
(On view through May 8th)

Sat, April 4th 8-11:30PM
Copro Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Space T-5 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica / 310.398.2643

“Overdose” group show curated by Hi-Fructose featuring over 60 amazing artists including Andrew Hem • Travis Louie • Kathie Olivas • KMNDZ • Erick Fortune • Damon Soule • Dan May • Martin Wittfooth • Tin • Nathan Spoor • Naoto Hattori • Luke Chueh • Lola • KuKula • Scott Musgrove • Naoto Hattori • Joe Vaux • Travis Louie • Robert Hardgrave • Mia • Skot Olsen • Dan Quintana • Tin • Josh Keyes (*image above) and many more + “Nightlight” from Keeth Weesner in Gallery 2 + “The Herring’s Hairdo” from Femke Hiemstra in Gallery 3 + a special signing of the new Hi-Fructose box set at 8:30PM with select featured artists and the Ice Cream Man will be there too serving up his goodness
(On view through April 25th)
Sat, April 4th 6-9PM
110 E. Winston Street @ Main St in Los Angeles / 213.627.8272
“Infinite Libraries” – visual art exhibition and series of live art and music events which depict 14 imaginary libraries written by visual artist/writer Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca – live screenprinting / music / art – check it out and view their site for additional events that will go off throughout the month tied-in to this exhibit
(On view through April 26th)

Sat, April 4th 8-12:30AM ($8 admission)
The Hive Gallery
729 S. Spring St in downtown Los Angeles
Fourth Anniversary Group Show with featured artists Macsorro, Danni Shinya Luo, Jehan Choo, Lee Anne Hale and Alisa Lapidus + live performances throughout the evening from an array of bands
(On view through April 26th)

Sat, April 4th 7-10PM
HVW8 Gallery
661 N. Spaulding (just off Melrose Ave) in Los Angeles / 323.655.4898
“Is That A Gun My Friend?” – new works from Parra
(On view through May 9th)

Sat, April 4th 4-8PM
Monkeyhouse Toys and Art Gallery
1618 ½ Silver Lake Blvd in Los Angeles / 323.662.3437
“Fast Food & Hot Cars” group show with works from Marcel de Jure, Roy Huerta, Mike Morrison, Jewel Willis and Joseph Rooks
(On view through April 19th)

Sat, April 4th 6-8PM
Roberts and Tilton
5801 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 323.549.0223
“The World Stage: Brazil” featuring new works from Kehinde Wiley
(On view through May 30th)

Sat, April 4th 8-11PM
Solid Gallery One
334 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA
“Flight” group show featuring works from Vyal, Max Neutra, Mers, Paul Torres, Big5, Wink, 2Shae, Johnny Vampotna, Manny B, Soulgr, Dethkills, Robert Hendrickson, Ant, Jonathan Baker, Douglas Alvarez, Shannon Drake, Robin Perine, Justin Lewis, Quecke, Gordo, Jarrett DeMartino, Patrick Haemmerlein
(On view through May 17th)

Sun, April 5th 6-7:30PM Happy Hour / 7:30PM Film Begins / 9PM Q+A with director
8910 Washington Blvd in Culver City
Film screening / DVD release party for Ron English’s “Abraham Obama” film
RSVP to contact@dailydujour.com

* It’s also ‘LOS ANGELES ART WEEKEND’ as deemed by ForYourArt, so be sure to check out http://www.laartweekend.com/ for all the special events going on about town

Fri, April 10th 7-11PM
4210 Santa Monica Blvd / 323.913.3375
“Run Rabbit, Run” featuring new works, an installation and a special ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ from Brandi Milne + “trouble, clearly” from Cherri Wood in our project room + “Blood & Steel” from Alex Garcia on our ‘Fresh Faces’ wall
(On view through May 1st)

KAWS @ Royal/T (VIP opening)…

As art fans entered Royal/T this eve to check out the special curated exhibit from KAWS, they were greated by an 8′ tall pink Chum figure… what a way to set things off from the get go!
Title wall @ Royal/T

When we arrived at 8:30PM, the place was already packed and filling up more by the minute…

Worlds collide (l-r): James Jean, man of the hour KAWS, and Gary Baseman
KAWS‘ “I Can’t Feel My Face” (the show’s namesake) alongside Fred Wilson‘s “Drip Drop Plop” (with KAWS‘ 8’ Pink Chum looming in the far distance)…
Hideaki Kawashima “Bubble”

Lisa Yuskavage “Grooming”

Seth Carmichael (Carmichael Gallery) & KAWS uber collector Ronnie Pirovino (The Art Collectors blog/forum) alongside collectors John Lisenbery and Robert Moore

Mark Dean Veca with collector and Linkin Park DJ Joe Hahn

Richard Prince “Nurse Dormitory #3”

Front to back, it was a mob scene… it seemed that everyone in the LA scene was out. Artists were out in droves to show their respect to KAWS… spotted were Gary Baseman, James Jean, Tim Biskup, Yoskay Yamamoto, Nate Frizzell, Mark Dean Veca, Todd James (aka Reas), Tessar Lo, Edwin Ushiro, & many more, not to mention several key members of the LA art world.

(l-r) Nate Frizzell, Christine Le Basse & Beau Basse (Le Basse Projects), Jack from Vinyl Pulse, and Shawn Hosner (Thinkspace Gallery)
Mr. “Yoko Natsu Chan” (one of 10 heads in an installation)

KAWS singing one of his ‘Warm Regards Bars’…

Show card alongside my sketchbook complete with a sick KAWS Blitz Bomb drawing and a nice tag from Todd James (aka Reas)

Check out a lil’ video tour of the ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ curated exhibit by KAWS that’s currently on view now at Royal/T in Culver City.

Be sure to swing by tomorrow afternoon to Royal/T, before heading out to KAWS‘ solo at Honor Fraser. It’s gonna be a mad house guaranteed, so get there early.

‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ will be on view at Royal/T through September 7th, so be sure to check it out as KAWS did a great job picking some beautfiul works from Susan Hancock‘s stunning collection for this special curation. The exhibit featues works from Olaf Breuning, Carol Dunham, Andre Eithier, Mr., Yoshitomo Nara, Oliver Payne & Nick Relph, Richard Prince, William Sasnal, David Shrigley, Jim Torok and Yan Pei-Ming.

Look for coverage from the KAWS solo at Honor Fraser here tomorrow, along with many of the other big openings that will be keeping LA art lovers busy this Saturday.

Big VIP event at Royal/T this eve with KAWS…

KAWS fans around LA are no doubt clammering about to get on the guest list for tonight’s VIP only event at Royal/T in Culver City… KAWS has curated a special exhibit of works from the collection of Royal/T owner Susan Hancock. This event serves as a kick off of sorts for KAWS’ big debut Los Angeles solo show that takes place tomorrow, Sat, Feb. 21st, at Honor Fraser (also located in the Culver City area and previously previewed here a few times already).

Some great sneak peeks of his show over at Honor Fraser were just posted today over at SuperTouch here. Can’t wait to see the new body of work up close and in person!

Look for full coverage from the special Royal/T event later this evening as well as a full recap of all the big Saturday openings (see post below), including the KAWS solo exhibit, this Sunday afternoon. Yet another amazing weekend for the arts in Los Angeles!!!

KAWS has landed…

KAWS has arrived in town… and this Friday is the hot ticket VIP only party at Royal/T in Culver City (see main window above complete with neon pink life-size Chum). The special VIP event helps to kick things off proper and leads into the opening reception for his new exhibit, The Long Way Home, at Honor Fraser (2622 S. La Cienega) that opens this Saturday, February 21st from 6-8PM. Look for pictures from the Friday night VIP event on Saturday afternoon here, leading into the opening night of his debut Los Angeles solo show. It’s sure to be a packed house, and there’s no preview for the show, so be sure to get to Honor Fraser early this Saturday!